Replacing INDIRECT Water Heater..... 40 or 50 gal.


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Old 01-15-14, 09:35 AM
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Replacing INDIRECT Water Heater..... 40 or 50 gal.

I am replacing an indirect water heater.Dwellings Two story ranch with 2 1/2 baths. No whirlpools in the near future?? The 40 gallon worked well for 9 years till this year when its totally failing.(crap) Just deciding whether increasing size really would benefit me in any way.
The only comment I can input, noticed it had a bit of trouble filling a bathtub. Showers were never an issue.

thanks for advising.
RE: options are 50 and 60 gal. for increase in $191 increments.
 
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Old 01-16-14, 06:42 AM
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no advice?? Some one must have something to comment???
 
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Old 01-16-14, 07:01 AM
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I think the 50 gallon would be sufficient, but the 60 would give you a little more hot water if showers are taken simultaneously. Would the new unit be electric? You didn't mention a fuel source. Electric water heaters do not recover as quickly as gas.
 
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Old 01-16-14, 07:28 AM
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indirect?

I didnt know indirects water heaters were electric or gas?? I thought they were specific to OIL Boilers thats why I didnt mention that?
 
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There are many factors that go into choosing an indirect..

What is the make and model boiler you have now?

What is the make and model indirect you have?

How is the indirect piped to the boiler? Seperate zone? Off the supply and return?

Is It zoned with a zone valve or a pump?

If a pump what is the make and model pump?

If zone valve then what pump do you have from the boiler?

This is what youneed to make a conscience decision...

Bigger is not always better... A super stor for example has the best recovery IMO and takes low btus compared to the competition...
 
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Old 01-17-14, 08:13 AM
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Not sure of the relavance of all this with size?

hat is the make and model boiler you have now? Smith 4

What is the make and model indirect you have? Amtrol 40

How is the indirect piped to the boiler? Seperate zone? yes Off the supply/ Feed

Is It zoned with a zone valve or a pump? Taco

If a pump what is the make and model pump? Taco Circulator Pump 007-5

Sorry for the ignorance?
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Old 01-17-14, 08:48 AM
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I didnt know indirects water heaters were electric or gas?? I thought they were specific to OIL Boilers thats why I didnt mention that?
That would be true, but you said you were replacing it. My fault for assuming that you wouldn't want to keep what I consider to be a pretty inefficient water heater.
 
 

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